Because my father-in-law told me that in liquid form it gets into the system faster, I chose the liquid instead of the capsules. He also said the emulsified is much better than any other but because it is harder to find in the stores, the Norwegian is the next best thing. I’m going to have to ask him as I am not sure what the difference is. He is in his 80’s and believe me he has the stamina of a man in his 40’s. Gregg and I often say we wish we had half his energy. He researches everything at great length and follows a very healthy life-style, and he has been taking Cod Liver Oil for the last 20 years.
First and foremost I would strongly advise anyone to go to their doctor and ask for a professional medical opinion before putting anything into their mouth. There are definite pro’s and con's in taking the oil and if people have certain health issues, our doctor is always the one we should check with first before taking anything. This will be on my list of questions the next time I go for my annual check-up. I am always nervous about going to the doctor and tend to forget the questions I want to ask. "White Coat Syndrome" I think it is called and with all due respect to you wonderful doctors out there, my blood pressure goes up a notch or two when I walk through your doors. Now I write everything down on a 2 x 4 inch card. I am thankfully at that age now where I don’t care if I look silly - our doctors should understand. It helps get us through our time together faster.
Anyhow, this is what I bought from Whole Foods the other day.
And this is what I read on the health benefits of taking Cod Liver Oil
Strong bones and teeth
A healthy cardiovascular system
A healthy nervous system and prevention of depression and other mood disorders
A healthy lining for your digestive tract
DHA is a fatty acid that is essential to the health of your nervous system and eyes. It is vital to preventing depression. If you suffer from intermittent or chronic depression, this is one nutrient that you want to get every single day. If you want to get pregnant or are pregnant, you need to eat foods with DHA on a regular basis in order to support proper development of your baby’s nervous system and prevent depression during pregnancy and after the baby arrives. I am convinced that the vast majority of cases of post partum (after delivery) depression can be avoided just by taking cod liver oil each day.
(I'm going to add something here. If anyone is pregnant, too much Vitamin D can be bad for yours and the baby's health and your doctor needs to be the one who should advise you to take it or not to take it, just like everything else.)
EPA is a fatty acid that promotes a healthy cardiovascular system and decreases inflammation throughout your body. Its anti-inflammatory properties makes EPA especially helpful to people who suffer with arthritis. EPA is also closely linked with your emotional health, with many studies showing that it plays a strong role in preventing depression.
Vitamin A is necessary for proper vision, healthy skin, and strong mucosal linings, including the lining of your digestive tract. Many skin and digestive disorders cannot fully heal without a reliable supply of vitamin A.
Vitamin D is essential to maintaining strong bones and teeth. It enhances the strength and efficiency of your immune system, which decreases your risk of developing autoimmune conditions. Vitamin D helps your body regulate its blood sugar levels, playing an important role in preventing type II diabetes. Finally, vitamin D is one of several nutrients that are necessary for preventing high blood pressure.
One site actually said though that if you want to take more than two teaspoons per day of Cod Liver Oil, he recommended that you visit your doctor or a laboratory where you can have your vitamin D status tested. Having too much vitamin D in your blood can be harmful to your health.
There is an interesting article I found at the Mayo Clinic website here.
Another interesting site here. Be sure to read the part where it talks about the risk factors.
Another one here.
And lastly, another article here. Lots of benefits but look at the downside paragraph
When all's said and done we should make our own minds up but for now I am going to try it for a little while and see how it goes. And I'm making that appointment with the doctor this week.